Scenic Splendour

19 Day
From (AUD)
$ 8,195
  • 2018/2019 Auckland > Christchurch

    Tour Code:

    SHI

    Duration:

    19 Days

    Departure City:

    Auckland

    Return City:

    Christchurch

  • 19 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Auckland:

      Kia ora and welcome to Auckland for your overnight stay.

    • Day 2 - Auckland > Rotorua

      Lose yourself in ‘Middle Earth’ on your visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set. Travelling through the rolling farm land of the Waikato, arrive in Rotorua, home of M-a ori culture and bubbling mud pools. Explore the National Kiwi Trust’s kiwi hatchery and nursery on a guided tour. Enjoy your two night stay at  Rotorua.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 3 - Rotorua

      Be amazed by Rotorua’s unique geothermal activity during a visit to Te Puia.

      Freechoice

      Witness a sheep show or take an amphibious duck tour of Rotorua’s city and lakes. Alternatively, relax in the geothermal pools or travel via gondola to Skyline Rotorua for extensive views over the city and winetasting.

      Immerse yourself in Maori traditions and culture at your authentic hangi dinner tonight.

      Optional Flight 
      Take a flight to Mount Tarawera including a volcanic landing. (Additional expense)

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 4 - Rotorua > Napier

      Hear and see the force of nature at Huka Falls before visiting magnificent Lake Taupo. Enjoy your overnight stay in Napier.

      Enrich

      Meet the makers at a special wine tasting and dinner tonight at Mission Estate in the award-winning Hawke’s Bay wine region.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 5 - Napier > Wellington
      Freechoice

      Take a walking tour through Napier’s Art Deco buildings, view the famous landmarks of Napier on a vintage car tour or discover a diverse range of aquatic animals and wildlife at the Napier Aquarium.

      Explore the nation’s capital Wellington during your two night stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 6 - Wellington

      Uncover Wellington’s sights on your city tour before visiting the Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa.

      Enrich

      Take an in-depth journey of Te Papa to discover the treasures and stories of New Zealand’s land and people, told with authority and passion.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 7 - Wellington > Blenheim

      Travel in the premium lounge on the ferry across the Cook Strait to start your discovery of the South Island.

      Freechoice

      Choose wine tasting at the home of Sauvignon Blanc or visit Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre.

      Stay overnight in Blenheim.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 8 - Blenheim > Christchurch

      Drive along the spectacular east coast where rugged mountains meet the ocean. Your base for the next two nights is Christchurch.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 9 - Christchurch
      Freechoice

      Go punting on the Avon River, take a tour of the Botanic Gardens or see Christchurch by open top bus. Alternatively, visit the seaside town of Akaroa or the International Antarctic Centre – the choice is yours.

      FreechoiceDining

      Experience a Kiwi home-hosted dinner with a local family or enjoy dinner at the hotel’s restaurant.

       

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 10 - Christchurch > Franz Josef

      Join the TranzAlpine for your rail journey across the Southern Alps. Stand in wonder at Franz Josef Glacier before your overnight Special Stay.

      Optional Flight
      Take a helicopter flight over Franz Josef or Fox Glacier and experience the wonder of this natural alpine landscape. (Additional expense.)

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 11 - Franz Josef > Queenstown

      Enjoy a ride on the Haast River Jet boat before you arrive in Queenstown for your three night stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 12 - Queenstown
      Freechoice

      Wilderness and adventure beckon on the Dart River, or for a more leisurely pace, take a guided tour of local wineries. Enjoy a walking tour with scenic views across the lakeshore. Alternatively, take the Shotover Jet, a 4WD at Skippers Canyon or Safari of the Scenes tour exploring The Lord of The Rings filming locations.

      FreechoiceDining

      Take a steamship cruise on TSS Earnslaw and enjoy dinner at Walter Peak, ride the Skyline Gondola and dine overlooking Queenstown or simply relax at the hotel’s restaurant.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 13 - Queenstown

      A free day to discover Queenstown.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 14 - Queenstown > Milford Sound

      In the darkness of Te Anau caves, see the shimmer of thousands of glow worms. Tonight, you’ll sleep surrounded by the majesty of Milford Sound on board the Milford Mariner. Anchor in a sheltered cove where you’ll have the opportunity to explore the area in a small boat or kayak.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 15 - Milford Sound > Dunedin

      Awake to breathtaking beauty in Milford Sound. Later, travel to Dunedin for two nights.

      FreechoiceDining

      Choose between Speight’s Brewery, Etrusco and the hotel’s Carlton Restaurant.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 16 - Dunedin
      Freechoice

      Take a guided tour of Larnach Castle or visit the breeding colony of Royal Albatross. Alternatively, cruise Otago Harbour or take the scenic Taieri Gorge Railway.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 17 - Dunedin > Mount Cook

      Visit the Moeraki Boulders, a unique sight featuring huge spherical boulders scattered across a sandy beach. Enjoy a Special Stay at your hotel in Mount Cook.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 18 - Mount Cook > Christchurch

      Perched on the edge of Lake Tekapo is the Church of the Good Shepherd. Experience this famous vista before arriving back in Christchurch for your Special Stay. Celebrate your adventures of the South Island during an iconic tram ride and farewell dinner.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 19 - Christchurch

      It’s time to bid farewell to new friends and the wonders of New Zealand.

      Meals included: Breakfast